Charlie Engman

July 14, 2014

You may know Charlie Engman for his ongoing series of nude portraits of his mother, his Urban Outfitters look books, or perhaps for his delightfully color-rich fashion photography. Engman’s illusions morph together what is two-dimensional and three-dimensional, and demand a double take from viewers who may notice an extra layer or limb. The models interact with sculptural forms that often mimic the garment, a bold move that compares designer dresses to carpet rolls or crushed paper. Backdrops bend and fall towards the model and create a stylized deconstruction of the studio space.

Charlie Engman is a resident of New York City, and has a BA in Japanese and Korean studies from the University of Oxford. 

Text by Linnea Stephan